Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Oh So Eclectic Watercolor Card

Hello peaches! I’m back with another fun card. You know how I love combining my love for watercolor with layering? Well you get it all in this card! I have a few helpful pointers to share too so be sure to check them out below. 

Today’s card features the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies. I began with a panel of Watercolor Paper and used my Aqua Painter to add a watercolor wash background. I like to start with the watercolor portion of my card first to allow it the chance to dry as I work with the rest of my elements. To create my wash, I combined Soft Sea Foam Ink, Coastal Cabana Ink, and Bermuda Bay Ink. I actually wasn’t certain that I would love this color combo but I’m so glad I tried it because I think it’s my new favorite combo.  

I wanted to share a few tips for layering that work well for me. Often time’s I’m not even really sure how my card is going to turn out so I kinda work on the fly, trying different elements in different spots and experimenting with arrangements until I’m happy with the configuration, so here are a few helpful pointers when layering:
1. Start from the top layer, add adhesive, place back in place where you like it and pick up the next layer and repeat. The adhesive will pick up all parts that touch it and will stay in place where you intended it. Add additional adhesive where needed and continue this until you’ve picked up each layer and you basically have one big layered element ready to add to you card. 
2. Wait to do any base layer stamping, embossing, etc. till the very end. Now that you can pick up your entire layered element, you can lift it and place it so that you know where to stamp/emboss your background. I did this with the subtle floral embossed image you see towards the top and bottom of my layered elements. I hovered the element over my watercolored background and then placed the die where I wanted it with regards to the layered element and it worked perfectly!
3. Don’t forget to add any twine or ribbon you may want before adhering your layers (unless you want it on top of your layers which is a fun look too). You wouldn’t want to have to tear anything up because you forgot to add your ribbon/twine. 
4. Lastly, add your finishing touches. I save the smaller embellishments for the end. I do this because I can get a better idea of what colors and textures work well. 

Well, that’s my card for today! I hope you liked it and I’ll see you next post!


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